Another great day for golf (aren’t they almost always are?!?), and today’s venue is The Club at Bond Head – North Course (http://bondhead.clublink.ca/). Another course that I have never played (which is the theme this week as I have not played any of the 11 courses on our schedule), I’ve always wanted to play here as I have heard that it is a great track.
The first hole starts on a big downhill and the elevation changes are a constant theme through all of the 18 holes with substantial bunkering and fescue (good practice for the next week and a half). We found the greens a bit slow due to the heavy dew that was still on them, however they picked up as the course dried out. I managed to find the trap in front of the green and made a good shot out (which was a change from yesterday) and made a good putt to put me close enough to finish with a bogie for the hole (one of my better scores on the front nine).
Once again, I struggled with getting my wedge shots up for most of the front nine. I was hitting thin shots with all of my short irons which led to another 49 front nine.
Sometime early in the back nine, I figured something out and started to get my short irons hitting properly, getting nice high shots into the green at the distances I was used to! Combined with my putting, I started to score. I even put a couple of long irons together and birdied a par five and almost birdied a short par 3 that the wind turned into a long par 3 (147 yard 6 iron) as it was blowing hard against us at 2-3 clubs. My driver was still inconsistent (sometimes left, sometimes right), however I managed to stay out of most of the trouble coming in with a 43 which included a triple on one of the par 4s (where I lost a ball in the rough and had to re-hit).
My favorite hole was 17 (shown here both looking down the fairway and back at the tee boxes). Measuring 501 yards uphill (from the blue tees), I managed a bogie 6 as my bump and run (another practice shot for the upcoming rounds) shot from in front of the green rang off the pin. Others in the group were not as lucky as two of them putted from above the hole and we watched as their balls dribbled by the hole and then gained speed, finally running right off the front of the green and down the false front.
A great day all round which included great golfing companions (thanks to Shawn, a member at the club who helped out with lots of great tips) and bbq’d hot dogs at the turn. A quick shower and off to the airport to meet up with the others and fly out of town…